Beautiful day to study outsideSteps to apply for financial aid

  1. The first step is to apply online for a PIN. Both the student and one parent will need a PIN to electronically sign the FAFSA and other financial aid forms. Save these numbers in a secure location as you will need them next year. 
  2. File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Jan. 1. Bluffton University's priority filing date is May 1 of each academic year.. You will need your current tax returns, W2s, federal PINs and Bluffton's school code (003016) in order to complete the FAFSA. It is recommended that you use the optional link to the IRS when completing both the student's and parent's financial information.  Apply online at
  3. Students who have not previously borrowed Federal Direct Loans through Bluffton University need to complete Entrance Loan Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN). The Entrance Loan Counseling session is a quick tutorial that covers your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower.  Loan funds cannot be disbursed until both of these are complete.
  4. The federal government selects some FAFSA applications for a process called verification. If your FAFSA is selected, you will be required to submit a verification worksheet along with other documentation requested by the financial aid office.
  5. Students interested in working on campus through the Learn and Earn program must complete an application. Campus jobs are open to all students. Students may earn up to the amount listed on their financial aid award, however this amount is not a guarantee.